Ayya Santussika, in residence at Karuna Buddhist Vihara (Compassion Monastery), spent five years as an anagarika (eight-precept nun), then ordained as a samaneri (ten-precept nun) in 2010 and as a bhikkhuni (311 rules) in 2012 at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles.
Ayya Santussika was born in Illinos in 1954 and grew up on a farm in Indiana. While being a single mother, she received BS and MS degrees in computer science and moved with her two children to the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked as a software designer and developer for fifteen years. Her search for deeper meaning and ways to be of service led her to train as an interfaith minister in a four-year seminary program that culminated in an Masters of Divinity degree and a brief period of practice as a minister before ordaining as a Buddhist nun. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Buddhist Global Relief.
Two purposes for sense restraint - wise decisions about what to take in through the senses - using sense restraint to break the chain of dependent origination at the feeling-craving link - moderation in eating - working with drowsiness - using the SN 36:95 Malunkyaputta Sutta, SN 3:13 A Bucket Measure of Food and AN 7.61 Nodding Off.
We may think that our anger, anxiety, regret, jealousy, longing, sorrow, etc. are just a part of our character, or our karma, or that they assail us and we have no control over them or the power to abandon them. In this talk, we look at how to challenge this perception and stop feeding our mental and emotional patterns.
A lay man asks the Buddha how lay people can have welfare and happiness in this life and in lives to come. the Buddha answers with four accomplishments for welfare and happiness in this life and four accomplishments ensuring welfare and happiness in future lives.